NHS Students Participate in Martin Luther King Jr PACT Event
NHS Media Correspondent | On 12, Feb 2016
In the early hours of Monday, January 18th, students from South Burlington High School’s National Honor Society gathered to celebrate and remember the messages and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Forty-four members of NHS were present at the organization’s second group service activity, an event coordinated by Parents and Adults Celebrating Children and Teens (PACT).
The event began with opening words from PACT Advisory Member and SBHS junior Drew Coel, who reminded the students that, “We are here to listen and learn from Dr. King’s message.” Other SBHS students took the opportunity to inform the community about new projects and clubs developing in SBHS. Juniors Isaiah Hines and Madi Premsagar spoke about the newly formed Student Diversity Union, and Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi, and Ali Barritt discussed the Syrian Blanket Drive.
The next portion of the event was dedicated to SBHS senior and Big Picture student Cyrus Brooks who screened his documentary My New Home. This piece that featured SBHS Alumni Deo Pokhrel’s journey of immigration to the United States from Nepal.
Time was then designated to small group discussions between students, teachers, and members of the community that were primarily focused on the principles of Martin Luther King Jr. After her small group discussion NHS member Braelin Hanbridge stated that, “These kinds of events are important because they bring the community together.” Another NHS member, Greg Desautels, declared that, “The experience helped bring awareness to our largely non-diverse community, which is extremely important.”
The the morning then moved to multiple service projects consisting of the SBHS Key Club leading participants with making cards with positive messages for children at the Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington, mural painting led by Big Picture student Simon Walter, and volunteers helping to prep lunch for Burlington’s Turning Point Center.
NHS was proud to team up with PACT, Key Club, and the community to promote service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. NHS President Aster O’Leary ended the day saying, “I’m so grateful for the amazing NHS turnout at the Martin Luther King Jr event. It was an amazing way to connect with our community and celebrate an American hero.”
Photo courteously of Susie Merrick